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Andrea Sinclair

President, SD39 Vancouver

Since 2017, it has been Andrea's goal to ensure BCCPAC is relevant – relevant to members, to parents, to public education. BCCPAC is the single largest stakeholder in public education and Andrea's goal was to make us equal. Andrea is so very proud to say that we are part of the provincial education structure having cemented our position in the public school system. With the support of the Board, she works hard to ensure our alliances are strong and respectful. Participating fully in all that is happening in public education and ensuring the parent perspective is heard, takes a tremendous amount of work. BCCPAC has earned the respect of public education stakeholders because we are highly credible. Andrea asks much of the Board members and she am constantly amazed at their willingness to give so much of their time. We come to meetings well-read and well-prepared. It is Andrea's promise to each of you that while she is President, BCCPAC will continue to make a difference in public education.

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Sarah Shakespeare

1st Vice-President, SD23 Central Okanagan

Sarah Shakespeare has always lived her life with a “Glass is Full” attitude. She finds many ways to be involved in her local community, as she has committed her life to helping those around her. She is excited to serve on the Board and believes that everyone deserves to have a good education. She is a wife, mother of three daughters was born and raised in England. She is very happy to be living in her dream destination in Kelowna, BC.

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Rina Diaz

2nd Vice-President, SD36 Surrey

Rina is a mother of three girls; two of which are still in the education system. Normally, she is somewhat of an introvert. However, when it comes to advocacy, she is direct and fierce. She has been active in various PAC roles at the school level since 2011 and DPAC roles since 2018. She is a hard working mom with multiple jobs that uses her "me" time to give back to her community. Her motivation to continue volunteering at the school is the art work decorating the school halls, the singing from the music room, the laughter from the parents working together and of course, the happy smiles she receives from the children. Rina looks forward to the opportunities to work with the Board to learn and build relationships for the betterment of our public education.

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Gillian Burnett

Treasurer, SD57 Prince George

Gillian has been involved in public education since her eldest child entered kindergarten. She has held various positions on PAC and DPAC and looks forward to understanding the public education system at a provincial level. Her work experience has provided her with a wealth of knowledge, exposure to diverse settings, and growth opportunities at every turn. With a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Gillian brings financial knowledge and experience to the organization. She is passionate about ensuring equitable, inclusive and quality education for every student. She believes that when many work together respectfully and collaboratively, great things happen. She will work hard to establish and foster relationships with educational partners and parents for the betterment of all students.

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Teresa Blades

Secretary, SD35 Langley

Teresa grew up in Vancouver and now lives in Langley where her oldest children attend elementary school. She's been involved with the PAC and DPAC since 2014. While advocacy is what drew her into DPAC, it was the need for connection between the district and families that kept her involved. Teresa has been an Early Childhood Educator for many years and knows the importance of early learning and its important connection to the K-12 system. In her spare time, she is kept busy with her children and their various activities from football to dance.

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Kerri Schill

Director, SD73 Kamloops-Thompson

Kerri has been actively involved with PAC’s & DPAC in different school districts over several years, immersing herself in a wide variety of leadership roles. Employed through Interior Health for over 13 years, Kerri brings with her exceptional team building, accountability, transparency and critical thinking skills, qualities she strives for coupled with a strong foundation of both education and healthcare to the Board. Kerri is enrolled as a fourth-year BA student at Thompson Rivers University, majoring in Communications and Public Relations, with a minor in Aboriginal Studies. She has a graduate Mètis child and two other children in the public education system and is an international home stay parent through her local school district. Kerri aspires to build meaningful dialogue, and equitable and inclusive educational opportunities between students, parents and stakeholders.

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John Gaiptman

CEO

John has been involved with public education for over 35 years. He spent 14 years as a Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Greater Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.  It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, that he can continue to support and empower parents for the success of each learner.

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